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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 rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Contra
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 BigAggie89
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of BananasPalmer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ilthik
1.66/5  rDev -56.9%
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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Photo of justintcoons
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Ruby red with a 1/2 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, grape, and toffee with woodsy / earthy hop aromas.

Woodsy / earthy / weedy hop flavors (think CTZ hops). Caramel cubes, light toffee, butterscotch, and slight molasses. Touches of overripe pear, white grape, and fig. Pine resin and a cinnamon booziness lingers on the finish.

Medium bodied, oily, semi-silky, and warming with a moderate bitterness.

Well, it's certainly American in style. There's a good amount of hop flavor and bitterness in there. Nice and warming.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky mahogany,with a French vanilla cream,melted whipped cream type head that sticks to the rim like its holding on for dear life.I'm smelling flat cherry cola,dr.pepper type flavor,some herbalness from the hops almost like green tea.Im tasting prunes,raisins,caramel,cherry,flat soda,touch of brown sugar,still get a green tea like herbal dry finish.mouthfeel is extremely thick,sticky,carbonation is moderately low.the way I'm describing this beer may sound weird but I'm telling you it's worth a shot.im typically a barley wine guy but it took me a few tries to finally settle in to the complexity.this beer should be enjoyed by a person who has a strong palate and doesn't mind some heat present.its 10.4 but tastes 11,11.5....never understood why it has a best before date usually barley wines are meant to be cellared why can't this one?

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with honey edges and over a finger of head. The nose is mildly hoppy. The body is a touch thin for the style. The flavor follows the nose with a dry hop finish but not much malt assertiveness.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant mahogany, ½” off-white to tan foam cap S: rich and malty with grassy hops T: malty sweet with traces of cola and root beer but well balanced by the hop bitterness, alcohol on the finish F: Creamy and chewy, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A big bold beer with a good blend of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of hophead723
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Mostly clear with some hazy and woody light brown hues. A tan head crowns this brew, and the lacing is as strong as the ABV.

Smell: A nuanced aroma of coffee, oak, licorice, cherry, cough syrup, and caramel. There is noticeable alcohol in the aroma that jumps right out of the glass.

Taste: Quite complex flavor profile, with pronounced alcohol leading to a number of flavors reflected in the aroma. There is a peculiar underlying cola-like flavor that consists of caramelized sugars, toffee, and artificial cherry.

Feel: Thick and rich but not too syrupy, a brew this big can easily be overwhelmed by a sticky mouthfeel. However, this beauty is well executed and balanced.

Overall: A real winner from Uinta, this beer satisfies throughout and would be great paired with a hearty barbecue themed meal.

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

Brown-red with particles in suspension, 1 inch off white head that falls to a steady cap quickly. Thick sticky lacing. Viscous.
Aroma - Grain. Gritty. Dirty. Dank. Sticky
Thick, lush mouthfeel
MALTY....hops are plentiful and bitter but beyond aromatic at this point (best by 3/15)
Nutty maybe or tannic?
Long bitterness.
Great value for a 10.4% 4pk

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly too fresh? This had a harshness I did not expect. Alcohol was forefront, more so than other barley wines I've enjoyed. Poured brown, with little head. Aroma's of malt and alcohol. Flavor was slightly astringent, with more bitter than malt, and more alcohol burn. Finish could be smoother, again perhaps needing aging.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rejtable (RB) for the bottle

Pours a deep copper with 1 finger of creamy tan head. Nose and palate feature large quantities of toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar with a nice bitter hoppy finish. On the palate, this beer drinks velvety smooth with just the right amount of carb. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of Slack
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amberin color with razor thin heqd and minor lacing. Smell is pungent hops, alcohol, black licorice, strawberry, and a minor cofffe note. Taste is hoppy up front, sweet fruit in the middle, and a lingering bittersweet oily finish. Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation. Overall a nice beer but not what i was expecting from a barleywine.

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Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with light khaki head, touch of lace, Assertive hop aroma of eucalyptus with a touch of grapefruit. Flavor has hops upfront followed by burnt sugar/ caramel and orange marmalade finish. Tasty. strong. A beer with character.

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