Anniversary Barley Wine Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale
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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #299
ABV:
10.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,012
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
424
Ratings:
915
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Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
87
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
Reviews by neliam24:
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neliam24 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 06, 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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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Happy 15 years, guys; only the best for the next 15! Oh, a generously hopped Barleywine ... something to sink our teeth into.

Bright clarity shows a rich-looking mahogany color, latte foam head comes and leaves with a sticky lace. Very aromatic with grapefruit zest, spearmint and tobacco from the hops, and a showing of caramel, figs and cookie dough from the malt and yeast. Smooth and creamy with a semi-slick medium to full body. Hops come in throwing bitterness around; lots of citric rind and tobacco bitterness that just does not want to shake off of the taste buds. Underneath sits the malt backbone, which has a lot of hop weight pressing down on it, but the foundation is sound enough to see this beer through. Hint of caramel and toasted bread in the middle is mostly squashed by the hops. Alcohol chimes in with a warmth and fresh fig fruitiness. Finishes with some maltiness, though the hops are still going strong even in the aftertaste.

Damn, this beer is bitter ... lovely, but bitter. Hopheads should rally to this beer. Cellaring should not even be a factor here as it is so delicious in its fresh form. Love the hops now.

Sep 20, 2010
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bort11 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

14th Anniversary vintage, bottled 1/14/08. Poured into a Corsendonk fluted tulip. Light tan head edges to the rim of the glass. Very nice lacing webs stick to the glass. Color is a dark ruby red that only shows clarity when held to the light.

Smell is a bit on the hoppy side, but sweet malts keep it balanced. Taste has a cigar smoke characteristic. Leafy and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. Goes down clean, but still requires sipping. A very enjoyable barleywine.

Oct 03, 2008
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

May 20, 2014
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Feb 20, 2014
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Penrodeo from Kansas

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 15, 2015
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meatyard from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

May 09, 2014
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MikeGill from New York

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Draught poured into a 12oz. snifter.

Cola colored with a thin pale head and spotty lacing. Chocolate cake batter on the nose with a hint of malt vinegar and herbal hops.

The taste was much more mellow then my nose lead me to assume. There is a cocoa malt sweetness upfront with roasted malt and a kind of pretzel like bready quality. A very noticable piney hops presence shows up toward the finish and remains. The alcohol is definitely there, trademark of the style but it is surprizing subtle. Overall, a delicious well balanced barley wine.

Feb 23, 2010
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theempire from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jan 30, 2012
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scream from Wisconsin

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

Jul 02, 2015
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wjimson from Antarctica

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Aug 16, 2007
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dbossman from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Feb 02, 2011
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jwat from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Feb 07, 2012
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Harvest06 from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 02, 2015
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ampzilla from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

XII 2006 - bottled 01/03/07
Thanks Wasatch.
Low carbonation. Head rose to just one finger and settled quickly. The first few sips were creamy and relaxed. As it warmed the dark prunus malt was nicely balanced by a fair amount of citrus hops. I was impressed by the thick yet slick mouth feel.
I rather enjoyed this barley wine from Utah. It actually reminded me of Bigfoot with a bit of age on it.

Apr 15, 2007
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maz from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 06, 2015
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Poucher86 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Feb 05, 2014
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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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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Jul 14, 2010
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

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

Feb 23, 2015
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joshwalt from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Aug 23, 2012
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eldoctorador from Chile

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Jan 10, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 05/04/15

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. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a nice sipper. Very drinkable, a very nice barleywine.

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.

Dec 10, 2006
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours three fingers of head on a clear but dark red to brown colored body.
The aroma is excellent. Lots of lemon, grapefruit and pine with a mix of candy.
The taste is candied lemon, grain, mild bitterness at the end.
The texture is fairly crisp for a barley wine with moderate carbonation.
It's probably one of the more easy drinking barley wines and it's good.

Jan 16, 2014
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 915 ratings