Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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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 AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for opening this up on what pretty much became "Bad Beer Day" at our 4th of July get together.

A - Dark brownish red color that rubys on the edges. Little bit of tan head on it that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Burnt caramel, toffee, a little bit like chemicals. There is some astrigent hops, can't say I care for this.

T - Taste is bad also, I actually like this less than the Portsmouth Barleywine which I didn't like at all. Bitter, burnt taste leaves a bit to be desired. Carmel, toffee, but not in any combination that works.

M - Lower carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O - Not a beer I ever care to have again. I didn't like the taste or the smell, and it's really hard to like a beer if you don't like those two things.

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Photo of ccrida
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle of their 14th anniversary, bottled 11/30/07, 10.4% ABV. I picked this up in SLC on a snowboard trip in February, and after floating bottomless pow at Mt. Hood today (the last weekend of March!), I thought it would be an appropriate après-ski reminder that as sick as the Wasatch are, I'm damn lucky to live in Portland!!!

Poured into my Midnight Sun cervoise, Uinta's BW is a dark, ruddy chestnut with a creamy tan head that is slow to settle, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is fairly strong, big piny hops, malty, pretty standard (fresh west coast) American BW.

Taste is hoppy and not very complex, not as rich as the smell, the strong alcohol character thins it out, giving a dry finish. There's a mineral/metallic tang that really struck me from the first sip, and while it's less noticeable after a few sips, it's still a distraction. Otherwise, not much to this one, which eases my buyers remorse of not getting a few extra to cellar...

Mouthfeel is dry, boozy perhaps a bit on the lighter side.

Drinkability is average, maybe less, as there's really no complexity, even the hop dominated taste is all pine, with the alcohol making it clear you should take your time. Nothing distinguishing or memorable to be found here, sorry.

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Photo of nvsblman
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2003 Bottling

Pours a dark brown with tinges of red and about half a finger of light brown head. The aroma is crammed full of malt. Notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice, and a slighty spiciness. Nice piney hop aroma with a little alcohol too. The carbonation is a little overwhelming and it's a little hard to distinguish many of the tastes. I'm getting some chocolate and toffee and some alcohol, but that's really about it. I thought from the aroma that this was going to be really good, but it was hard for the taste to break through.

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Photo of papat444
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

***XV Vintage (15th anniversary)***

Picked this up at New Beer in NYC 2 years ago.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottles 09/28/08.

Appearance: A dark brown body with light red tinges but veers towards more murky brown. 2 fingers worth of head and some lacing make it look nice.

Smell: Whoa, not really a barleywine aroma. Heavy sugar and buckwheat(!) mixed with molasses, Some biscuit and sugar to round it off. While not offensive, it's not what i'm looking for for this style.

Taste: Some dark fruits, buckwheat is reserved thankfully and it feels like alcohol drenched raisins but in an unbalanced (unfinished?) way. Burnt sugar is distracting. These flavors are not bad in themselves but again, not what i expect in a barleywine. At least the grapefruit aftertaste is nice.

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness but the carbonation is low to almost flat. A bit lifeless and the only thing saving it somewhat is that it is easy to drink a bit.

Overall: Weird smell, body is disjointed and not much fullness. While not an inherently bad beer, it's somewhat of a fail as a barleywine.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis California.

Appearance: A rich dark brown, almost that of a molasses, in appearance not viscosity.

Smell: Very average in smell, a hint of tartness in aroma.

Taste: Taste is a hint of dark cherries and minor smell of metallic.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in sweetness, light in thickness with a strong finish.

Overall:a Very nice, slightly above average darley wine with a balanced tone and a very unreadable ABV, does not taste "hot" or even imply the 10.4% that it is!

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Photo of lastmango
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

17th year. C is my Average. now to the chase.

Solid finger of head, clear dark amber.
Aroma has caramel malt influence and is on the slightly sweeter side, not super aromatic. Flavors have the same caramel malt backbone holding down the fort, and there is a lighter hop presence then most american BWs, that has a bit of a grassy and citrus profile. Not super deep and complex.
I found this beer to be solid, one i'd buy a few of but not go crazy with.

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Photo of russpowell
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

XIII vintage. This bottle is courtesy of Ddarden. Bottled on 11/09/06

Pours walnut with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Breadyness & fruittyness (raisins & dates)

T: Breadyness, plums & booze up front. Dryness, hop tea, baker's chocolate & alcohol burn follow as this warms. Coarse piney hops, ddates, dryness & a persistent alcohol burn

MF: Medium bodied. oily, with low carbonation.

This 10.4 abv barley wine drinks like it, not exactly going down like water. Too much alcohol burn, had potential. My 2nd beer from utah, I won't give up on them yet. Maybe lay this down 18 months & try again if your sitting on some...

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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new state. OK on color and aroma, but not much on taste. Low as a barleywine, a little too drying. Altogether doesn't work, with sweetness and medium mouthfeel but acidic, and too much alcohol in there. Maybe in a few years, but I won't look out for it. Radekfest #5

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Photo of mickeymac
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10th Anniversary barleywine, poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It pours a deep reddis-orange with a fairly thin head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace of lace. The smell is piney hops with just a bit of sweetness. The taste seems to go from from somewhat unpleasantly unbalanced to decent and back again. It finishes with a strong, astringent flavor that is only made worse by the hop bitterness. I'm having a hard time finishing this one.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2005 vintage. Thanks to Wasatch for this beer.

A: Cloudy reddish walnut color with a nice, medium creamy sandy colored head.

S: Robust burnt caramel, bubble gum, rootbeer, pine needles and some dried cocoa.

T: Starts off with simple toffee around the sides of the tongue. A dirty bitterness pops up next with never seems to leave the through the entire process. Bit of day old coffee, chocolate milk and almond add the malty experience while raisins, dark plums and loganberry offer a fruity side. Finishes with evident alcohol, some butterscotch, marshmallow and a good amount of bitterness. And dirt.

M: Medium body, fairly hard with some syrupy aspects to it.

D: I hate dirty tasting beers. If there is one thing that can turn me off from a beer, its to have it taste like there is dirt in there. Without that aspect, it would have been a lot better.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

TENTH ANNIVERSARY BARLEY WINE Bottled 2003 - 10% Alcohol.

Pours a clear dark brown brew with red color when viewed through light.

Smell is sweet and malty with an oily hop scent and a grainy background.

Taste is sweet and fairly bitter. This is lacking in secondary flavors, bland for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable but not that great a barleywine. Needs more complexity to be a great brew. For the money Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is a far better beer of this type.

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Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle : tulip snifter
bottled on 03/07/12

Pours dark red with a fizzy, light toffee colored head.

Light caramel and toffee malt, with bitter grassy, pine hops.

Pine hops, with some caramel and biscuit malts. Very faint boozy finish.

Medium body with light, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" head that breaks down quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is soft and all you can detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, prunes, some earthy qualities, some citrus tones, and a decent bitterness make up a rather dull barleywine. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long aftertaste as alcohol and malt sweetness dominate.

Drinkability: so-so at best. There are better American versions on the market.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a dark red twist off crown cap. Single thick high quality cream colored parchment obverse label has a large red ‘X 1993’ on it. Labeled as ‘Tenth Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 2003’ it has a stated strength of 10.0% Alcohol by Volume.

Appearance: Caramelized brown sugar body with some dark chestnut threads. A thin cream colored head is quickly formed but soon relaxes to leave just a thick halo ring with a broken surface. Some light lacing stays on the glass close to the halo ring but not to far up the glass sides. Solid conditioning levels support a reappearance of the head with a gentle swirl. Nice appearance.

Nose: Piney hops, thick oily nose with some caramel malt which in turn has a dense rich orange liquor zest to it. Strong alcohol in the back end, almost solvent like at times.

Taste: Malts start but are immediately interspersed with decent levels of biting bitterness that is rasping with a thick pine oil feel and some liquorice sting on the tongue. Warming from the middle, the alcohol feel is still bold and unfettered by mature flavors. This is still a boisterous youngster that needs more time scrapping in the playground before it can even think about becoming an accomplished late night Barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Quite a creamy feel in the mouth, it has a solid presence and a rather bold body - but it feels aggressive. This will assist its aging no end but at the moment it prepubesent.

Drinkability: I found this one a little hard to drink, sharp tastes are unbalanced and make for a rough ride late at night when I really needed something more mature and rounded. I keep using the word ‘raw’, but this is the one expression that I think neatly sums up this Barleywine. I guess I'm soft tonight, a 3.0 is being polite.

Overall: A tad young and a little fresh at the moment to be honest. The label states that this can be laid down for some years, I would suggest that it will need at least this time to take the rough edges off of the raw character that it has.

In an ideal world, I would seriously consider popping one of these away just to see how it ages - but I live the Real World, and with the small closet in my 11th floor Apartment already full of much better beers slowly aging, I don’t think that this really cuts the mustard or deserves the space to be honest. There are much better Barleywines for my money.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

XVII (bottled 03/22/11). Tulip glass.

Pours a very deep amber, with almost no head and minimal lacing. Carmel, chocolate, some fresh sweet red fruit, and a little grassy, woody earthiness. Interesting stuff. Taste is initially a liquid caramel, but is quickly taken over by a lingering, slightly overpowering bitterness. The hops do not appear to be well integrated. A decent level of carbonation gives this medium-bodied ale a nice bite. Overall, the aromas were good but it's hard to get paste the sub-par flavors. I'm holding out hope that this will mellow out with some more time.

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Photo of andylipp
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on date: 04/09/09- Sixteenth Anniversary version.

Appearance -A deep ruby/copper pour into a tulip which made an inch or so of off-white head. It dissipated quickly but left moderate lacing on the sides as I sipped. Looks good!

Smell -Piney, resinous and sweet. Dark candied fruit, citrus, and a big ol' whiff of alcohol.

Taste -The malt makes the first sip pleasant, the big hop bite far so good...but the finish is alcoholic and unpleasant. Sadly, even the substantial malt and massive hop presence can't compete with the boozy finish. Medicinal-like low-end vodka. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel -Moderately thick, coated the palate nicely. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- I'm not interested in obtaining another one. But I finished it.

Comments- I tried this on draught at the ACBF in June and although the samples were small, I had a bunch of them because I liked them so much. The hit-you-over-the-head alcohol finish was, to my memory, not evident at that time. I was excited to find this in bottles recently, but what a letdown.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head that clings tightly to my snifter. The aroma is of citrus and pine, but combined with the big alcohol esters, registers a bit chemical - it kind of reminds me of pine-sol cleaning solution. The taste is balanced, but not in a smooth way. The caramel and roasted notes do not mesh well with the citrus hop flavors, and the alcohol presence is a bit sharp. Overall, while I like their idea of a big, west coast barley wine, this one came off a bit chaotic. I would definitely recommend sitting on this one for atleast a year.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

XIV Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 1/14/08, 10.4% ABV

Pretty pour, with ample tight and creamy light tan head over a mostly-opaque mahogany body. Head fades to a thin lid, leaving lots of thick lacing.

Smell is quite vinous and boozy. Rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, very fruity, warm and sweet. Like cherry pie, almost. Smells really good. Hope it tastes this good.

Big ooops on the taste. Overtly pine-metallic hops bitter, from start to finish, and at all temperatures. You sure this is a Barleywine? Tastes like a DIPA and then some. Very long bitter finish. Certainly the bitterest B-W I've had. Very one-dimensional. Hop-heads should love this. I definitely don't.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, but this is too bitter for me to keep in my mouth for long.

Drinkability is way down for a B-W, because this seems so out of style.

Weird beer: smells like a Barleywine, tastes like a DIPA. That takes some doing. However, I still have four of these out of a six pack for which I paid 10 bucks, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them. I'm too cheap to throw them out, so maybe I'll have them one at a time with four different very strongly flavored meals.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle of the XIII release.

Poured a muddy looking brown color. Very well carbonated with a dense head that never quite gave way. Lsyered lace that would slowly slide down into the glass. Nose is malty but there is a nice wallop of heat from the alcohol.

A bit too much heat in this beer without enough malty flavors to balance it all off. Malt are just too weak. Pine hops rise up but do not linger into the finish. Some nice wood flavors though. I can also feel the hop oils in my mouth even though I cannot taste them as much as I would expect.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says,"earh, wind, and beer" under the cap. I'm not sure if that's a Earth Wind and Fire or Captain Planet referance.

Pours a dark caramel color with ruby highlights. Medium beige head with good retention and minimal lace.

Smells fo sugary caramel, milk chocolate and pine and citrus hops. I also got a few whiffs of defrosted refrigerator.

Creamy caramel briefly interrupted by bitter hops before mellowing into alcoholic pine and earth hops. Mild pepper with swallow. Fusel alcohol increases as it warms. Mouthfeel is chunky albiet solvent-like. I would have liked to have seen the citrus hop carried over from smell to flavor.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been sitting on this for a while. We'll see what it is like now and then crack the other one I have in a while. It pours a deep ruby, almost purple color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is piney and peppery hop with a big sweetness underneath. The flavor is pretty mellow. There is a roasty quality, almost coffee-like, that moves to a piney bitter. The feel is rather thin for a barleywine, being just at moderate. Overall, this is just an average beer. Nothing really grabs me and pulls me in to it.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a deep amber color that is hazy and has a finger of maple syrup colored head that has fine bubbles and dissipates very rapidly before leaving thin and spotty lacing on the glass
S: nice woody notes with a very slight whiskey note at the end
T: has good woody character and depth, slight whiskey taste but also something that i cant really place which hits at the end and lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: medium carbonation tingle, slightly thick, no alcohol burn, leaves the mouth pretty clean
O: i generally enjoy barleywines and this one was ok but there was just something lingering in the taste that was off putting and stood out a bit too much to me, it wasnt the alcohol so im really just not sure what it was

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby picked up at State Line a while back. Bottled on 16th May 2008, poured into my snifter 2nd Dec 2008

A: Deep garnet red with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin, soapy film rather quickly. Reddish highlights. Retention is poor and there isn't much lacing to speak of

S: I can smell this a mile away but taking closer to my nose reveals a fairly potent citrus hop aroma and a rich malt sweetness with some fruits. Hop aroma is quite astringent and sharp. Swirling this brings out some caramel sweetness but this also brings the hops right out and they have a borderline acrid character. Decent?

T: Hoppy right off the bat with a strong citrus hop bite with a good deal of a strange, acrid taste. Mild malt sweetness with a rather thin body before a hot, medicinal alcohol finish takes over with some (more) bitterness. Eagh! Warming this up makes it a little more palatable

M: Too thin and too hoppy on the finish. Carbonation is solid and wins it some points, though. Again, warming it up increases the body a bit

D: I doubt I'll be able to finish this :-(

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: A very nice dark brown that shows a bit of amber when put up to the light. It is barely see through and almost opaque. The lacing is ok as well.

S: There is big sweet malty smell with a tinge of hops that come through to complement it. The hop smell is very piney and full of resin but barely comes through the sweet malt base.

T: The sweetness is masked very well and barely there. I get barely any malt, it is completely melded with the hops and is quite piney, a lot like an IPA. The closest IPA would either be a black or rye IPA. The aftertaste is a bit weird, it is bitter but like a messed up IPA aftertaste. You get the bitterness but there is something else there that makes it more pronounced and strong, but not in a good way.

M: The carbonation is quite minimal but you can feel a slight fuzziness throughout with only a touch of crispness as it touches your lips and at the finish.

O: It is a weird barleywine. It is heavily hopped and tastes like a weird IPA, but the barleywine comes through a little bit and kind of ruins it. The malty sweetness backbone tastes really odd and kind of ruins it. I would say it tastes like a bad Bigfoot. The aftertaste is no good.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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