Anniversary Barley Wine Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale
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Barleywine - American
Ranked #311
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3.87 | pDev: 11.89%
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Very Good
Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 424 | Ratings: 915 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 12/06/17 x) poured into a snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Nice dark copper color w/a decent (2-fingers) off white head that dwindles to leave some lacing, a ring, and a suggestion of a cap. Hops are the most notable thing on the nose. Fortunately, they're balanced out - mostly - by malts on the tongue. The feel is substantial & a taf oily. I don't have much experience with this style, but I liked this beer.

Jul 13, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And now, for the finale of the first half of Uinta Abita New Beer This Sunday, Bro./GEN Woody (Week 721)?! Does anybody else feel a nap coming on?

From the Bottle: "Established 1993"; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Established by Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City Utah U.S.A"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "Goes well with Anywhere".

I Pop!ped the cap & was suddenly struck by a bout of sneezing! Was it the beer? I could not wait to find out, so I began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. It puffed up to form just over a finger of foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention, leaving a modicum of lacing behind. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was beautiful - leather, dried dark fruits, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, weak coffee & a barrel-aged oaky, bourbon-like quality, although I do not believe that this ever touched wood. Hmm. Mouthfeel was full, like a scoop or dollop had been ladled onto my tongue. The taste was less pronounced than the nose, but it had clearly mellowed over the ~ two years in the bottle. The heat was prickly, but not fiery. The caramel & toffee flavors worked really well with the leatheriness while the coffee & chocolate flavors brought up the rear. My bottle was slightly aged, but IMHO, this could have gone a couple/few more years without any complaint from me. Finish was super dry! The yeast had been hard at work on this malty beast, I assure you. This was super smooth & was super smoothing me out. The best part was extreme finish with its kirschwasser-like cherry flavor, along with hints of raisins & prunes as well as brown bread, almost like a liquefied fruitcake. Phew! I have an even older bottle in abeyance …

Dec 16, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

TLDR : This beer is Brown Shugga on steroids.

Rich, sappy caramel color with hints of brown. Nice 2 finger head of yellow-white, recedes to 1/2 finger in a minute.

The aroma of this Barleywine has a perfect balance between sweetness and hops. It's pretty phenomenal. Caramel-toffee meets stiff, woody hops. It's not weighted in either direction, it's simply...perfect. How? What a feat.

Flavor tips more in the hops category, with a firm Nugget bitterness and tons of cone hops. Lots of residual oils as well. This packs a punch. Spearmint. Leather. Some residual caramel sweetness keeps things sticky, while the hops continue to pummel the palate and twist the tongue towards a bitter caramel crunch. Lots of oils on the finish.

Feel is medium-plus bodied, with a sappy quality and a dry, resiny, piney finish.

Overall, this is a palate buster. I respect the hell out of this beer but I simply cannot finish it. It's so in your face, it's like a football game in your mouth. Jock included. It's a Quad IPA with tons of rich caramel flavors. It's like Brown Shugga on steroids. Better than Brown Shugga. I get what they were going for here, and it's spot on. I don't like hoppy Barleywines, but this is incredible for what it is. Definitely pick this up if you like a lot of hops in your Barleywine.

Jan 13, 2018
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bongobob from Utah

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really dependent on the age. I've tried a few bottles < 1 year old and it's pretty standard, any bottle I've had older than a year has been outstanding.

Uinta has recently switched to a best-before date which appears to be a year from release which confuses me. They should switch the wording to not-best-before.... Unless they've changed the recipe, I'm not sure why they simply don't put the bottled on date.

Overall one of my favourite Barleywines.

Sep 15, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the holiday weekend. 12oz bottle into a glass. Best by October 2017.

Murky deep red amber color. Thick off-white head. Generous lacing.

Aroma of boiled sweets.

Very good hop to malt balance on this one. Mostly sweet, but then there's that sharp hop bite. Alcohol seems more of a suggestion than anything else.

Getting close to full on the mouth, sweet wash and bitter finish.

Overall, nice representation of a balanced american barleywine.

May 29, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Mar 04, 2017
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Feb 01, 2017
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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.

Dec 11, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Nov 11, 2016
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Nov 06, 2016
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Samlover55 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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

Oct 30, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Sep 22, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Sep 19, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jul 31, 2016
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Contra from New York

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barley wine is one of my favorite styles due to its complexity, and Uinta got it right. While I tend to prefer a barley wine that's more on the sweet side than on the bitter-hoppy side, this beer is very well balanced between the two (I enjoy hoppy-bitter beers, but sweeter is my preference for a barley wine). There's a nice silky viscosity to it, which I love in thicker beers. The notes in the commercial description are accurate; dried apricot/fruit, toffee & caramel, but balanced with a nice bitterness. The worst part of this beer is that I'm drinking it too fast for it to properly warm up, which is a great compliment to how good this beer is!

May 31, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:Ruby/rust red color, opaque. Poured a decent head that fades somewhat quickly. Light lace
S: Very sweet, hints of caramel in there as well as grapes/raisins, plums, and toffee. Hops are present and floral in aroma
T: Nice, hard to rate though, the malts in this beer are really smooth and delicious. Quite sweet, notes of raisin, fig, ect, toffee and caramel. Hop bitterness is great but a little overwhelming. I see why they are strong, they help to counterbalance the very sweet malt but IMO its a little overdone.
F: Smooth, medium carb, body is pretty light for a barleywine which is great. Hops create a drying astringency however that take away from the drinkability.
O: Impressed that a 10% beer has no detectable alcohol. Just needs a touch more balance to hit that home run. May drink again.

May 15, 2016
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TheBrosy from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper-brown, opaque. Pours with a rich tan head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Earthy hop smell very poignant. A bit of caramel aroma can be detected.

Taste: Hop bitterness is very noticeable. Quite generously hopped. Alcohol is well balanced with the caramel and toasted bread malt flavor.

Mouthful: Medium body. Low carbonation. Very smooth

Overall: If you are a hop-head, this an American Barleywine for you. For the rest of us, its slightly over-hopped for the style. However beneath the bitterness is a very good beer. Definitely worth a try. Do not age, as you will lose that hop aroma.

Apr 14, 2016
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear reddish dark brown with a two finger white head. Heavy lacing is present. Curiously, the aroma is of slight sour toffee. Slightly sweet flavor of caramel and malt with a more pronounced bitter taste on the end. The flavor is not very complex. This is a heavy beer as expected for a barley wine. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. Not too impressed with this beer.

Feb 14, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber tinted brown body with minimal head/lace and has an aroma that balances caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruits like figs and bits of citric hops along with touch of booze. Fuller bodied beer with a sticky and sweet feel that gives off caramel/toffee/fig sweetness while balanced with a bitterly hoppy dry finish and a bit of heat from the booze ends up in finish. A little heavy thanks to more sweetness and booze that I think is necessary but it's a good beer.

Feb 03, 2016
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Jsteez from Utah

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep red with 2 fingers of rich tan head; some slight lacing on the glass. Smells like candied cherries, tart malt, and a little hops. Upon the initial sip, sweet malt with cherries, brown bread, prunes, molasses, and earth are up front; the aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter, but it's balanced by some dark fruity malt. It's a full-bodied sipper that really hides it's 10% ABV; chewy and rich. Great tasting! The warmer it gets in the glass, the more complex it becomes. Give it a try!

Jan 31, 2016
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BigAggie89 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be my favorite Barley Wine brewed in the US. Nice brown color with light tan head; lacing present; nice hoppy character with solid malt backbone; cherry notes present in aroma and flavor; alcohol warming definitely there; medium to high mouthfeel; good carbonation; 10.4% ABV; usually my last beer of the night; good night.

Jan 24, 2016
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BananasPalmer from New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting aromas and flavors. Nose is full of dark cherries, almost cherry cola like aromas. Taste is bittersweet caramel and toffee followed by a slight hoppy resin presence. Alcohol warmth follows but is not overpowering. The bittersweet flavors linger for a few seconds before fading. Great warming beer for cold nights.

Jan 07, 2016
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Erlkoenig from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark plum-red. Finger-and-a-half head, dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Smells like a Belgian Quad. Dark fruit and toffee. Malty-goodness in the nose with a hint of alcohol. Very sweet.

T: Sweet malts take the lead, fruity flavors flowing in behind caramel and toffee. Alcohol warmth abound, but the ABV doesn't lend any harshness to the flavors. A little burst of hops give this barleywine a pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky. Not much astringency. Warm and happy.

O: Very nice. This is my first in the style and it makes me want to try another, so I'd say that's a win. The balance was very good and I will definitely enjoy another one.

Dec 31, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep clear mahogany color. 2 fingers of tannish head leave delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Toffee and caramel. Dark sugars and toasted malts.

T/F: Malt forward barleywine with all of the rich caramely goodness you'd expect. Raisins and brown sugar... and then comes a nice hop finish, typical for an American Barleywine style beer. Sticky and medium body. Warming from the high ABV.

O: Great example of a hoppy American barleywine. Rich and delicious, and it gets even tastier as it warms to room temp. Great for a cold winter's nightcap.

Dec 20, 2015
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ilthik from New York

1.66/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The most awful barley wine I've ever tasted and one of very, very few beers I've ever had to pour down the drain. There is no body to this beer, very little flavor (certainly none of the complexity you'd expect from a barley wine), and the aftertaste is bitter and disgusting.

Dec 17, 2015
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