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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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Reviews: 412 | Ratings: 890
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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Photo of drpimento
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet hammer here. Appearance is a large, long lasting, tan to cream-colored, thick head, plenty of lace, and a clear, dark amber hue. Aroma is leather, dark ripe fruit, dark malt, yeast, hops, and lumber. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet being up front and bitter heavy in the finish and just right carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, but the heavy bitter yields some coarseness. Ditto for the finish, with some off flavors, though overall, I’d definitely have, just not right away. I'd be especially curious to try it with some aging.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by of 5/4/15.

Randomly came across a 4-pack of this and didn't have very high expectations, but I really like this one...may even be one of my favorite non-BA barleywines that I've tried to date. It's a bit nuttier than I expected, but it works well and is balanced by a lingering hop bitterness and some heat on the back-end. Even so, the alcohol is pretty well-masked and so it isn't too boozy at all. Overall, a real solid barleywine for a reasonable price.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: dark Amber. Thick, foamy, light brown head. Thick, sticky lacing.
Smell: molasses, fig, sweet orange peel.
Taste: dark grain, slight raisin. Dark candy sugar. Lightly roasted barley.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big, burly body. Slightly sweet, slightly dry.
Overall: pretty good barley wine. A little bitter from the roasted barley. But good. Big and heavy.

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Photo of Daniellehto
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at home 19/11 2014.
A warm deep red color that invites you, paired with a bronzy head that looks fantastic.

The smell is fruity, thoughts go to raisins, prunes and fruitcake.

Taste is of dried fruits and prunes. The taste of alcohol is there and some suprising bitterness making me think of bitter coffee and bitter american hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and comes with a good heat from the alcohol. Starting to wonder if there might have been some chili involved seeing how the heat is stronger than what I would expect from the ABV. The carbonation is mild which enhances the flavours in my opinion.

Overall a nice barleywine!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
Very smooth with partly hidden alcohol. Alcohol esters are obvious in tasting and there is noticeable warming in the mouthfeel.
Smells sweet with fruity, but is more malty upon tasting.

O: a very good barleywine.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 12/2/14. Dark brown opaque, half inch light brown head that settled to a nice film that laced nicely. The aroma is fantastic, with rich dark fruit notes, lotsa raisin, toffee and some piney notes. The flavor is similar, with caramel malt, figs, raisins, and a bit of hop bitterness. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy for a Barleywine, with a very nice finish and aftertaste, nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a very nice beer, I'll probably be looking out for this one again.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Deep and dark amber red.

Nose of candied fruit, fruitcake, caramelized malt.

Flavor exhibits a mouthful of sweet malt, prunes and plum, citrus, and smokey toffee. Surprisingly bitter finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full from the ABV and a bit sticky. Mild carbonation.

Overall it's a good effort for the style. If a smokey and bitter barleywine sounds nice try this out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no indication as to what 'anniversary' it is.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby-red amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a whole metric shit-ton of randomly encyclopaedic lace around the glass as things gradually abate.

It smells of pungent caramel/toffee malt, Nordic licorice, muddled Mediterranean fruit, concentrated orange and grapefruit rind, and heady, but at least minding its manners, alcohol. The taste is musty caramel malt, toffee pudding, black orchard fruit - plums, prunes, and overripe cherries - a bit of wayward yeast, spicy grassy, leafy, and citrusy hops, and a certain by-standing alcohol measure.

The bubbles are quite low-key and unobtrusive for the most part, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops and booze kind of too entranced with their own images to care all that much about interfering here. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel/toffee malt and burgeoning alcohol vying to be the only game in town, in the face of an insurgent complex hoppiness.

Huh - for all the guff and mockery that I've heard about Utah brewing in general, at home and abroad, this offering really sloughs off all that inanity - big and brash, hoppy and malty, in layers that I can't possibly appreciate from this single instance in time. Worth trying, if only to see how it's doing, and right now for me, it's doing just fine.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

A - deep mahogany brown, lace sticking to the sides of the glass, slight foam

S - very aromatic, dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins, sweet alcohol

T - balanced sweetness from the dark fruits and solid bitterness, sweet malts, can definitely taste the alcohol

M - warming, sharp, creamy on the palette

O - Intense amount of hops, barley, malt, and alcohol but rounded off nicely with strong fruits. A fantastic offering.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a year or two ago.

Pours out a slightly murky brown body with a thin head. Smells of caramel, dried fruit, figs, piloncillo, and PNW hops. Tastes sweet; lots of caramelized malts. Very toasty: more so than I would have imagined from the taste. Aftertaste has some roasty coffee notes. Hops are prominent and resinous/grassy. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a solid barleywine. Darker than normal.

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

A-dark orange amber color with a small off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, toffee, orange, raisins

T-toffee, raisins, caramel malt, spices,pine, alcohol prevalent, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average Barleywine, alcohol a little too forward

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

My bottle was picked up from a bottle shop the date of the bottled on is 10/12/12...I bought it 2/28/14. Overall appears a deep murky mahogany brown hue big tan head forming thick, with fine speckled lacing. Smells like an aged barleywine, what does that mean the hops have tamed, the malts are full of over ripened fruit and big alcohol notes. The smell is of spicy plum and raisin notes, that I can't quit sniffing on. Dark fruit, brown sugar, malt layers in the flavor, nothing like an aged Bigfoot, a hint of diacetyl or wet cardboard in the malt character just from oxidation. Plum and dark fruit sugars coat the palate, not bad at all...well aged smoothed out Anniversary IPA bottled on 10/12/12. Mouthfeel is creamy, effervescent carbonation medium bodied texture. Overall it's good barleywine, I'm intrigued to see what this beer tastes like fresh, with 2 years of age it's fantastic.

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Photo of scotorum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before Nov. 29 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear ruby-copper with a finger thick tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Alcohol.

t; Caramel malt with a spicy note. Some hop bite as well, which seems to build.

m: Moderate with fine smooth body. Throat burn from the high ABV is almost immediately apparent.

o: I had this last summer and loved it, but somehow missed writing a review. This second single bottle confirms my recollection of it as a superior barleywine.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of XVI, bottled 5/15/09, into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Savored on a snowy night.

A: Cloudy dark russet-brown body under a finger of tan head that settles slowly into a ring and leaves a nice amount of lace. Attractive.

S: Simple yet complex, with a lovely mixture of toffee and dried fruits. Candied raisins, dates, and apricots. Some chocolate and toasted bread crust. Really nice.

T: Opens with dark fruit, followed closely by caramel malt. Dark chocolate and residual hop bitterness combine with some warming alcohol to close things out rather heavily, but not too harshly. The age has mellowed it nicely, but it's still aggressive.

M: Smooth, lightly carbonated, and substantial. Not really thick, but substantial. I like it.

O: This with almost 5 years on it tastes a lot like Bigfoot with 1. I'm extremely impressed at how well it's aged, with not even a hint of oxidation. It tastes mature, but not in the least bit old. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of BierJager89
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark translucent ruby red with a light tan ring of head.

S: Red wine, grapes, strawberry, peach and maybe apricot in the nose.

T: Starts off with lots of dark fruit and citrus, quickly fades to citric and piney hops, finishing quite floral and predominantly hoppy. A bit earthy, almost a bit tart.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth enough.

O: Recommended for fans of American-style barley wines. Not excellent, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in my basement for awhile. Had it fresh some time ago. Gonna go ahead and review this one that was bottled 10/12/12, which would put it between 15-16 months. Cheers!

A- I really like the look of this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Fairly aggressive pour. A finger of a frothy tan head forms and retains pretty well. Carbonation bubbles up, feeding the ring of foam around the edge. A deep dark, ruby. Almost impenetrable. Solid lacing on this one, too. Good stuff.

S- Really nice bouquet here. Lots of vanilla, caramel and toffee. I remember this being hoppier, and there doesn't appear to be much in the way of hop aroma. Really smooth nose, and pretty standard for a barleywine with some age on it.

T- Good, but feels a little empty. Not as pleasant as the nose. The caramel that's present in the aroma tastes a little too burnt. While the vanilla and toffee are also there, they don't command much presence. It's not a bad flavor. Just not good enough for me. I should add that 10.4% ABV that I remember being very noticeable last time has evened out.

M- Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhere between the heavier end if medium and the lighter end of heavy. Could use a tad more on the mouthfeel. But, it's good.

O- Time does this beer a favor. Wasn't an amazing beer, but was pretty solid. If I see this beer at a good price, I'll totally grab a few and throw them in the cellar. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz to a snifter, best before 5/15/14

Pours a very dark ruby brown with hues of dark orange and a finger of beige colored foam. Very clear with very mild carbonation, lacing and retention could be a bit better though. Really diggin dat color

Smells of upfront of pine and earthy citrus hops followed by a heavy sweet malt full of toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Finishes with pretty strong alcohol aromas

Taste is pretty close with the nose. Hops hit first with with strong flavors of pine followed by a mild lemon and grapefruit citrus. Malts are pretty much what you'd expect from the smell, loads of sweet and toasted toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Alcohol is still really detectable, not as strong as the nose though

Feel is thick and heavy with a wet finish. Pretty bitter and has a nice snug warmth to it. Pretty sippable

Overall a solid barley wine, nothing spectacular but worth the try. I threw two in the cellar to see if it really falls of after a few months. Will update

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Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a burnt brown color. A beige head is slow to rise, but eventually gets to two fingers. That recedes, and gobs of lace is left behind.
S: Tree sap and pine resin. Perfume like hops up front, that fades in a minute to a big malty sweetness. Maple syrup and lightly woody. From the nose, everything about this seem really viscous.
T: Again, a big piney, resinous, and oily hop flavor up front. Sticky, sweet malt comes next. Then burnt wood and caramelized sugars, and leather. Lingering bitterness.
M/D: This is a big viscous mess. Full body, again oily, and resinous. A slow sipper for sure. Fusel like alcohol. It is taking me a while to get through this.

A big abrasive barelywine. Not bad, just to much for me. Everything is pretty overwhelming here. Worth a try, but not something I am dying to come back to. Maybe I should hold on to the rest of the 4 pack for a while and see where this goes?

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Photo of darthvohn
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: A very deep mahogany with a thick thumb's thick sugar cookie colored head. Light has some trouble passing through but it does, around the edges and the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Perfumey Meyer lemon, pine, hard candy sweetness, malt, with hints of leather.

Taste: Gobs of malt and sweet floral lemon, some dark fruits and hops. A sharp bitterness lingers well after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Thick;coats the mouth and tongue.

Overall: A malty and perfumey lemon-pine American barleywine that's enjoyable to the end. Worth a try for you ABW fans.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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