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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
906 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
Ranking:
#12,069
Reviews:
421
Ratings:
906
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
122
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 906 |  Reviews: 421
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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of ilthik
1.66/5  rDev -56.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of harrymel
2.19/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 07JAN13

Dark brown with ruby hues, a thick quilt of light caramel. Smells uber-fruity: plums, raisin, some spiced persimmon. Then there's a hit of brewer's licorice, vanilla, and burnt sugar mixed with vinyl. Taste is booze, then some bitterness, then some sweet malts, then some more booze. Really can taste the ethanol here - in a bad way. Medium body with moderate, tickle carb and a semi dry finish. I'm uncertain I'm gonna finish this. Waaaay too boozy.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.19/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Actually labelled "Uinta Brewing Company 9th Anniversary Barley Wine 2002".
Pours out to a clear, deep-brown garnet color, forming a thin, dark-beige head with poor retention and lacing despite a vigorous pour. Aroma is intensely hoppy with a very piney aroma, a peculiar sand/dust aroma (maybe all that sand in Utah has worked itself into a Utah-themed brew!), and toffeeish amber malts. Taste is very acidic (like spit-up), with sticky amber malts buried/hidden somewhere in there. Mouthfeel is very cloying with a firm body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is not very noticeable in taste, but certainly is in the buzz it packs. Not very good stuff...horribly unbalanced, and an absolute embarrassment to the style.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. 15th anniversary, bottled on 7/21/08. Pours a murky amber brown with a creamy frothy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cola, candy sugar, fruits, and some alcohol.

The flavor is some sweet malts and fruits with a dirty earthy mineral background leading to a harsh alcoholic bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for the flavors in this - it's too alcoholic and muddled.

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2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

XVII release

A: Garnet red with a large head. Recedes leaving lots of lacing.

S: Nice sticky hops aroma. Sweet and spicy and piney.

T: A letdown, somewhat burnt and woody, boozy and medicinal. Maybe too young to be drinking and this will mellow out with time?

M: Drier than I'd like for the style. Appropriate (low) carbonation.

O: I had hopes from the aroma, but this is not one of the better examples of the style, IMO. Honestly, might dump the second half of this if I had a better option on hand and the burnt flavors hadn't killed my tastebuds.

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2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this seems like a special brew but then again the barley wines I've had are hit or miss. I hope it's a hit. Let's see how she pours.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Caramel-amber in colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Dark fruit: maybe cherry or plum, caramelized malt (tame, not overdone), maybe hints of wine, and general esters. No alcohol. Moderate in strength.

T: Some nice dark fruit/tart notes are strongly curtailed by a horribly placed caramel note right at the midpoint, destroying the climax. The esters are very nicely handled and add to its complexity, but the midpoint through the climax is ruinous. Complex but imbalanced. Badly built all around. Incredibly, no alcohol comes through until it hits the stomach.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also very thick, and a bit coarse on the finish. Not particularly well done. I'd prefer a subtle mouthfeel, something more delicate.

Dr: Not very drinkable on account of the high ABV, but the ABV is well concealed by the flavours to an extent. The mouthfeel is too thick for it to be really drinkable. It's really nothing special.

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2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I do not like barely wines, stop buying them dumbass

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to alexgash for this one. 9th Anniversary edition, bottled in 2002. I've been aging this one for awhile, time to crack it open on this fall night, watching the Twins. Deep dark red color, looks like a port or red wine. Thin tan head that leaves speckled lacing on the sides of the glass. Caramel and chocolate covered rummy raisins dominate the bouquet. Bit of hops as well. Taste is amazingly thin and the nice smells don't come through in the taste. Very few flavors and a very astringent lingering aftertaste that is unpleasant. Glad I got to try this, but a poor example of a barley wine.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11th Anniversary bottle (2004). Cellared carefully.

Dark murky caramelized garnet with a tight, dense, glass-crawling, light sandy head. Smells of butter rum Lifesavers, dates, figs, caramel. Good malt aromas (if a bit buttery), but there's only a faint hop backing. Starts with toasted fruit malt with mild caramel and leather. Okay. Quickly turns tangy/sour, and not in a good Belgian way. Astringent, nutty, and bitter toward the finish. Off. Butter throughout and this did not age well. Moderately thin body, especially for the style. Disappointing.

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2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I love barley wines however this tastes more like a bitter IPA. Not necessarily bad, just not the taste profile I would expect from a barley wine..

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2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy rootbeer brown with visible yeast throughout. Very little head with no rention and a light tan color.

Rich maltiness, molasses, raisin and fig on the nose

Rich dark malt flavor, molasses, alcohol-bourbon and a hint of caramel

A little sticky and heavy on the palate with an alcoholic kick. Very alcoholic aftertaste

Overall I'm not very impressed, especially due to it being an anniversary beer. Bottled 3-22-11, the bottle description say "Can be laid down to age" this is another example that the brewers might want to puta best after date. Although I don't really visualize too much future complexity. It's not very well balanced with very heavy sugar/maltiness and alcohol being the overwhelming factors. I'd be interested to try this again after about 4-5 years of aging but I definitely would not buy it again otherwise.

Oh yea... This was the 17th anniversary.

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2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure about this beer. It tastes very strange to me. Very strong, malty aroma is a bit overpowering, flavor is strong and syrupy. It was good to try because i've always heard about this brewery but in general this is not my favorite beer. Dark red in color, light carbonation, strong flavor and aroma. Good for a try but I won't get it agin.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 906 ratings
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