Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
419 Reviews
Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Photo of abgba121
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark reddish brown hue with very thin and lightly tan colored head that recedes quickly and leaves behind a thin lace

S: sweet and malty, some caramel notes and maybe dates and fig notes, followed by the hop presence. This is very similar to Sierra's Bigfoot, the hops are strong, certainly a west coast American barleywine

T: sweet with the fruity notes, the alcohol is mildly present but the hops and malty notes pair well to cover the bite. Bitter throughout and ends bitter.

M: medium to heavy body, well carbonated

O: a great barleywine, nice and hoppy, everything balances well to hide the alcohol level and makes it a nice and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of kagent777
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that I had not reviewed this one until now, one of my favorite locals. 12 oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter after about 2 hrs cooling in the fridge. This particular bottle has a bottle on date of 6/01/12, so almost 4 months old.

Appearance: Gorgeous dark amber light brown with ruby edges. White cap dissipates to a film.

Smell: Caramel and citrus with a mix of pine. Nice toasted/roasted malts.

Taste: Really delicious BW. This is one of the most citrus forward BWs that I have had, followed by pine. All of this hopping without a huge amount of bitterness. Caramel sweetness blends into a bit of chocolate semisweetness. Even a touch of dried dark fruit, maybe cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and packing a wallop of flavor, with out being too heavy. This beer is lower on the carbonation, but with a big body.

Overall: I think this is an excellent example of an American BW. And a good candidate for aging (glad that I have several more bottles in my cellar :)

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Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with reddish cast, almost opaque, topped briefly by a dark beige head that subsides to floating amoebae. The look of a fine barley wine, which ain't pretty, but is the least of the characteristics IMHO.

The smell is a delirium of contrasting aromas; orange, burnt bread, caramel, floral, molasses, figs, chocolate, herbal, even some prune in there. woooaaaahhhh, talk about complex!

The taste...ummm, how to describe this. It seems the brewer of this decided to try to balance as many different beer flavors as possible into an overhopped taste that hides the alcohol, pleases the palate, and soothes the mind. Mission accomplished. I could picture many people not liking this eccentric blend. Luckily I am not one of them (I enjoy the flavors of fish eyes, armadillo, pig tongue, and fermented baby clam sauce!). It is full flavored, to say the least, starting with a blast of orange, grapefruit, burnt toast, bitter herbs, pine tar, sweet floral, caramel, even a bit of darkest chocolate, then takes off into a bitter fugue unlike any BW I've tried...make that any beer I've tried, period. Think that Uinta can't make this unholy alliance work? Think again. This ain't a brew for the pale ale crowd, this is a stick of flavor dynamite that somehow works. As it warms the flavors morph crazily, the citrus subsides, the pine explodes, the bitter gets crazy, the caramel seems to burn in the mouth, insane herbs spring from the bushes, absolute shitloads of wonderful flavor that hide the copious quantities of alcohol residing within this strong-flavor-junky's wet dream.

Mouthfeel is excellent as a barley wine can accomplish. Super low carb, natch, very viscous but somehow not sticky, drinks way too easy, and a finish that is full of sweet, yet bone dry with sere bitter (how'd they do that?).

Drinkability? Well, I am snockered now after about thirty ounces, and I swear I didn't taste a bit of alcohol the whole time.

Impression: My first Uinta brew, and if this is their modus operandi I will be on the lookout for more!

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Photo of TwoBeers
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent deep ruby red in color. One finger head that settles within a few minutes. Laces beautifully. Very clean clear richly colored beer.

S: Not as big of a nose as most barleywines. Some citrus and oakiness. Maybe some raisin and hints of carmel.

T: This is quite hoppy for a barleywine. Delicious, but not what I was expecting at all. Citrus, some pine then the malty flavors take over. Oak, toffee, some raisin. Very little alcohol taste.

M: Quite light for this beer style. Moderate carbonation. Very balanced and a great sipper.

O: This is an excellent beer. Quite a bit hoppier than I was expecting but it balanced nicely. This is a big beer at 10.4% but drinks quite a bit lighter. If I had bought the 4 pack, I could see these being dangerous.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #258
Served On: 2/25/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10.4%
Date/ Code: 11/27/12

This was a 12oz bottle from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick.

Look: super deep ruby red color with amazing clarity. The head was a thin coating of patchy tan foam. Carbonation level was low. Inconsistent lacing formed rings throughout the session.

Smell: Pungent grapefruit with sweet syrupy malts. Also come caramelized brown sugar and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Up first was the super tart grapefruit with the sweet caramelized sugar kicking in towards the middle. A warming sensation was followed by a quick roasted quality. The finish was some nutty booze balanced with a lingering licorice sweetness.

This was a very well done Barley Wine. The complexity level was slightly higher than a SN Bigfoot, probably because the hop profile seemed dialed down a bit. Also do yourself a favor and let this one get some time on it before diving in.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 3/19/13. Pours a brownish ruby with a one inch off white head, that leaves behind loads of lace. Smell is toffee, caramel, biscuit, earthy hops, and hints of fig. Taste is loaded with toffee, brown sugar, fig, and a blast of caramel hangs around in the tongue. Body is fairly large, nice carbonation, a touch dry, and easy drinking for its heft. Very nice!

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVI, bottled 2/17/10

Translucent crimson-brown with a healthy beige head that shows solid rentention and lace for a beer this size.
Burnt toffee, grilled pineapples, prunes, Sherry, stewed apples, toasted walnuts, anise, and fig jelly grab and twist the hairs in one's nostrils. Hops have mellowed a good deal from the last time I tried this (maybe 8 months ago or so) and as much as I enjoyed them, they left behind a very refined, malt-bath barleywine.
As it oozes across the tongue, it leaves a wake of burnt brown sugar, plums, prunes, raisins, and general dark fruit compote. The middle brings notions of exotic fruit, drenched in molasses and stewed. Then a bit of yeast slurry and tart cherries. Some fortified wine, alcohol and vinous suggestions, but intergrated into the dark fruit persona, and the actual strength is only accounted for by its thickness and felt in the head. Hopping still adds resins of wood and pine, with tracers of floral bitterness...just enough to maintain a bit of balance.
The carbonation gives it an airy, fleecy feel upfront, but dwindles out over time, leaving it thick, sturdy, beefy, but un-cloying.
Forget any state-associated beer-handicap, this is a rock solid barleywine, and it keeps getting better with age.

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Photo of BexterK
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours deep amber with a tan head.

S. Intense caramel bready smell with a hint of tart cherries.

T. Heavy hop bite that melts into spicy caramel, sweet raisins, rounded out with alcohol in the end.

M. Medium-high carbonation. Intensifies the bite of the hops.

Overall a fairly intense barleywine. The hops really never let go of your tastebuds which makes it harder to taste the sweet malts. My tongue is slightly numb as I type this, and that's after only 1/4 of the bottle.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Devil's Milk Barleywine snifter.

A - Translucent dark brownish red, thin soapy head, very minimal lacing.

S - Bitter hops, grapfruit, alcoholic fumes.

T - Tons of bitter hops, slightly medicinal cherry flavors, candied black cherry, moderately sweet and sugary, grapefruit, a hint of molasses, grapes, alcohol is pretty noticeable, but I like that in barleywines.

M - Perfect carbonation, moderately thick, powerful, alcohol warms and opens your sinuses.

O - this is one of the best barleywines I have ever had, definately in my top 3 barleywines! Very complex and powerful, thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Jsteez
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from The Bayou, Salt Lake City, UT (I believe it was the XIII)

What an excellent surprise this beer was! Poured (into a chalice) a caramel-brown core with a fleeting, albeit initially thick almond head. Foam recedes to a patch of large bubbles & a ring that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is rich and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, lots of sweet candi-malt, and a sherry-esque alcohol presence. Very enticing.

The taste delivers on the aroma's promise of hops. My inital thought was that the waitress mistakenly gave me a bottle of SN's Bigfoot. A big alcohol warmth was noticed immediately. It wasn't off-putting, surprisingly, and was balanced by some sweet, nutty malts. Alcohol & hops combined to bite & warm the palate with an excellent, boozy bitterness. The body is medium-thick and spot-on with respect to the barleywine's carbonation level. Overall, this was an excellent American BW...good & hoppy. I would absolutly have it again, and wish I could have some to age in my cellar.

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Photo of Algebrew
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.


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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of therica
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of acidicbassist
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter:

A - A rich, dark mahogany with 3/4" head.

S - Deep oaky and rich fruity aroma; boozy with slight nutty hints.

T - Follows well with the smell; fruity (mostly raisin) flavour with a boozy finish.

M - Not quite as thick as the colour would lead you to believe, but a nice balance of thick/creamy and light with a final bite at the end.

O - A quality beer. I've had many a barley wine, some better than this, but not many. Overall, it has everything I look for in a good barley wine with a few little surprises (Nutty hints in the smell and a very crisp finish). I recommend.

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Photo of StoutishDan
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of s111
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of drowninginhops
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of a10t2
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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.


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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uinta is one of those brewers that you love the moment that you find them. I am one of those people and must impress upon you the idea that Uinta is beyond amazing and this particular brew is something of dreams. It has an elevated 72 IBUs and a whopping 10.4% ABV so take these one at a time.

Look-It has a dark amber color that is hazy and has no head. But if you place it in the light it glimmers arrogantly with a blood red blush that is ubiquitous in the best of the redder sunsets.

Smell-It smells of dank hops and deep alcohol. It has noticeable overtones of licorice, toffee, cocoa, candied fruits, strawberry, and alcohol. This one already promises to be a world class brew.

Taste-The taste is bold and arrogant. The alcohol dominates at first and this is to be expected with that 10.4% alcohol content. Most barley wines bring the alcohol heat at the end, but by that point you’ve lost interest because of your senses being accosted by too many flavors. But this barley wine has a strong malt base founded on orange peel zest, nutmeg, eucalyptus juice, tangerine, bourbon barrel oak, smoked cedar, and caramel. The hops are citrus, earthy, and bitter melon. It has a noted smokiness to it that mixes very well with the aforementioned flavors. The carbonation is medium which was to be expected since the head vanished so quickly.

Mouthfeel-This is a medium-bodied yet thick and chewy barley wine. The hops leave a noticeable resinous coating on the tongue like other IPAs, but this one is accompanied by oak barrel smokiness and a fruity zest.

Overall-This beer is quite delicious and is thankfully not syrupy which I was dreading. It is well mixed, integrated, and approachable. It does not neglect the well-timed release of its attributes and it does not despair. It is confident and soothing. If you do not respect this elixir of joy, then it will chew you up and spit you out. And drink with your eyes open or you’ll miss the best that this has to offer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 900 ratings.
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